Irish Impress Clelland

After taking a tour of the Michigan campus on Friday, offensive lineman Lane Clelland of McDonogh School (Owings Mills, MD.) turned south and headed to Notre Dame for a look at the Irish football program.

Lane Clelland (6-foot-5, 265 pounds) left Ann Arbor with a scholarship offer from the Wolverines, so the Notre Dame staff needed to make a big impression on him when he arrived in South Bend on Saturday.

"Things went great," Clelland responded when asked about his visit to Notre Dame. "I met all the coaches. I saw the whole campus, all the facilities, and watched them practice. It went very good. I was very impressed. It's all very exciting.

"We had a nice meeting with coach Weis. He's a good coach and he's a straight shooter, which I appreciate. I think he was very honest and straightforward. He said, ‘This is what Notre Dame is and this is what we do.' He talked about where they were trying to go and about how he runs the program. He didn't talk that much about football. He said that he wanted me to know how other things are run, because football is only one part of the equation."

A portion of Clelland's decision will be based on his relationship with the team's offensive line coach and Notre Dame's John Latina made a strong impression.

"He's as good as advertised," Clelland said of Latina. "He's a good offensive line coach. Watching all those offensive line drills I wanted to jump in there and participate, but I couldn't. You definitely come away impressed with his knowledge about each offensive line position. Coach Latina does a good job coaching them and they really got after it in the ‘Irish Eyes' drill. It was the first time I was at a full-on college practice, so it was neat seeing how everything looked.

"Coach Powlus was obviously there as well and I talked to him at length. I had a very good visit. Everything was good. I'm glad I came out."

"They have a ton of good guys and I think I'd fit in very well with the offensive linemen that were there," Clelland said. "I met almost all the guys on the offensive line. I watched them during the whole practice and they were definitely working very hard. The first day in pads is always a tough thing, but it was a good practice top watch. They were getting after it."

Despite the strong impression the Notre Dame experience made on Lane, he won't rush his decision.

"I could definitely see myself going there and spending the next five years of my life," Clelland explained. "I just need to go home and do some thinking. Talk to the people that I want to talk with and see where it goes from there. I was very impressed."


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